Archive of May 4, 2012

Catholic summer courses to be offered at Oxford

May 4, 2012 - 08:05 pm .- This summer, J.R.R. Tolkein and G.K. Chesterton enthusiasts will have the opportunity to study the lives and works of the influential British authors on the grounds of Oxford University.

Iranian pastor's Muslim attorney faces nine-year sentence

May 4, 2012 - 06:05 pm .- A Muslim attorney in Iran who has been representing a pastor condemned to death for his Christian faith has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail and is expected to begin his term soon.

Perúvians troubled by decapitated religious statues

May 4, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- Catholics in northeastern Perú are concerned by a group of vandals who recently destroyed three major statues at a local parish.

Philadelphia archdiocese decides fate of 8 priests placed on leave

May 4, 2012 - 12:38 pm .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced a resolution in the cases of eight priests placed on leave after a grand jury report last year, removing five of them from ministry permanently.

Pope moved by young mother with terminal cancer

May 4, 2012 - 12:01 pm .- Chiara, a young mother from Rome suffering from terminal cancer, deeply touched Pope Benedict with her story of opting to protect her third child by forgoing treatment.

Pope Benedict cautions against increasing social inequality

May 4, 2012 - 09:19 am .- Pope Benedict XVI used a speech to foreign diplomats May 4 to warn governments against exacerbating inequalities of wealth during the current economic crisis.

Survey suggests churches need to 'catch up' with unaffiliated Catholics

May 4, 2012 - 04:11 am .- A census of religious adherence in the U.S. that reported a five percent decline in the U.S. Catholic population associated with a specific parish suggests that some dioceses need to “catch up” with Catholics new to their areas.

Violence breaks out at Occupy's second attempt on SF Church building

May 4, 2012 - 01:57 am .- Bricks and other projectiles were thrown at police and bystanders during the Occupy San Francisco movement's second attempt to take over property owned by the Catholic Church on May 1.

New York bishops back minimum wage boost

May 4, 2012 - 12:24 am .- The Catholic bishops of New York State have called for a “modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, saying it will help struggling adults that a poor economy has forced into low-paying jobs.